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Our initiative


The Hospital Partnerships – Partners Strengthen Health initiative systematically promotes partnerships between health care organisations in Germany and medical institutions in low and middle income countries.

Professionals, such as doctors, nursing scientists, public health specialists, midwives, nurses and medical administrators, cooperate as equals with their peers. They share their professional knowledge, experiences and ideas specifically in order to improve healthcare on the ground in selected thematic areas.

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Hospital Partnerships - the film

Our partners play a key role in making the initiative alive - watch here the film about them.

Our objective

For everyone to be able to access the medical care they actually need. Our contribution consists in promoting our partners and providing them with professional support.

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Our approach

We aim to promote peer-to-peer partnerships for better health care as envisaged in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In future, this holistic approach is designed to help ensure universal health coverage worldwide, regardless of age or location.

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Our funding programmes


Hospital Partnerships

Partners strengthen health

Health Partnerships – Global

promotes partnerships between organisations in various health-related fields, worldwide

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University and Hospital Partnerships in Africa

promotes partnerships with universities and hospitals in African countries in regularly changing specialist fields

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Dr. Vanessa Kandoole-Kabwere is physician in the malawian city Blantyre. Copyright: ©GIZ/Nyokabi Kahura

The point-of-care-ultrasound-training with my german colleague gives me the opportunity to make a quick and safe diagnosis.

Dr. Vanessa Kandoole-Kabwere , lecturer assistant at Queen Elisabeth Hospital in Malawi
Is working currently in Cameroon: Surgeon Dr. Christian Doll. Copyright: ©GIZ/Steph Ketelhut

"With our hospital partners in Cameroon we have established new studies at University."

Dr. Christian Doll, surgeon in Mbouo/Cameroon
Child Nurse at the Charité Berlin: Mrs. Kranz. Copyright: ©GIZ/Steph Ketelhut

We have learned a lot in Eritrea - for example how you can make the best of a situation in a hospital for mother-and-child-care.

Mrs. Gesche Kranz, pediatric nurse at University Hospital Charité Berlin/Germany
Kaulhausen with assistant lecturers in Eritrea.. Copyright: ©GIZ/Hospital Partnerships

"What a sucess: In Eritrea we aimed to train 5 physicians and more than 100 midwives - thanks to the Hospital Partnership Initiative!"

Prof. Dr. Helmut Kaulhausen, gynaecologist from Hamm
Anna Donica is project leader of a moldovian-german hospital partnership. Copyright: ©GIZ/Julian Busch

The trainings in Germany widens our view on diagnosis and therapy methods on tuberculosis.

Anna Donica, Medical Director at the National Research Center in the Republic of Moldovia
Dr. Carolin Kröner

We do love to support small organisations: Take the chance and apply now!

Dr. Carolin Kröner, Member of Board of Else Kröner-Fresenius-Foundation
Focusing on the lung: Christoph Lange from Borstel in Nortehrn Germany.. Copyright: ©GIZ/Steph Ketelhut

I am thrilled to see how engaged my young colleagues from the Republic of Moldovia are in order to develop their own health system for the future.

Prof. Dr. Dr. Christoph Lange, Medical Director at Research Center Borstel and Leibniz Lung Center
works for Physicians for Madagascar.. Copyright: ©GIZ/Physicians for Madagascar

Our friendship and trust with the colleagues in Madagascar makes our hospital partnership strong.

Dr. Julias Emmrich, Physican and member of "Doctors for Madagascar


Is it possible to receive funding from several programmes simultaneously?

Yes, several projects may be funded simultaneously within one long-term partnership between two or more organisations. However, the projects must be clearly separated, i.e. their objectives and the measures to be applied must not overlap. Please be sure to indicate in your application any other sources of funding so that duplication can be avoided.

What other funding options are available?

Besides the Hospital Partnerships Initiative’s two funding programmes, Health Partnerships – Global and University and Hospital Partnerships in Africa, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) also finances the PAGEL programme of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), which provides funding for health partnerships around the world. You can find information about the PAGEL programme here. Altogether, the three programmes cover a broad range of potential partners, topics and regions.

Which is the best funding programme for me?

The initiative currently offers two funding programmes: University and Hospital Partnerships in Africa and Health Partnerships – Global. Health Partnerships – Global funds new and existing partnerships anywhere in the world between organisations on a variety of health-related topics. University and Hospital Partnerships in Africa supports established partnerships with clinics and hospitals in Africa, with a regularly changing topical focus.

Can I do an internship, a clinical traineeship or a practical year as part of the hospital partnerships?

No, because the Hospital Partnerships initiative is intended to support long-term partnerships between German health-sector organisations and partners in low and middle-income countries. If you are interested in a university partnership, a training seminar, a clinical traineeship or a practical year, you may find a source of funding through the Partnerships for the Health Sector in Developing Countries (PAGEL) programme of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Information about the programme is available here.

In which countries is the Hospital Partnerships initiative active?

The funding programme University and Hospital Partnerships in Africa promotes health partnerships in sub-Saharan Africa, while the Health Partnerships – Global programme operates worldwide in low and middle-income countries, according to the OECD DAC criteria. You will find a list of our partnership projects here.

Who can apply for funding?

For the programme University and Hospital Partnerships in Africa, application is open to German public-sector health facilities, federal institutions and research institutes. In the case of Health Partnerships – Global, German public-sector health facilities and public-benefit organisations active in the area of health (e.g. associations) can apply.

What funding options does the initiative offer?

The initiative currently offers two funding programmes entitled University and Hospital Partnerships in Africa and Health Partnerships – Global. Our website provides information about the requirements and options of the two funding programmes.

What does the initiative aim to achieve?

Through its funding programmes, the initiative assists new and established partnership projects with networking, expert exchanges, capacity building and quality assurance. By training specialists, conducting applied research and strengthening the health care infrastructure, we are helping to optimise health care provision in our partner countries. Our partnerships are an effective way of enabling knowledge transfer between health professionals and promoting health facilities in the long term. The hospital partnerships use peer-to-peer learning approaches and work with their partners on an equal footing. In this way, goals and approaches are developed jointly, decisions are taken together, and open communication channels are established. We value transparency, sustainability and efforts to promote gender equality and people with disabilities.

How is the Hospital Partnerships initiative financed?

The initiative is funded and supported by BMZ and the Else Kröner-Fresenius Foundation. It receives technical support from the German Federal Ministry of Health (BMG) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is responsible for implementing the initiative.

What is the Hospital Partnerships initiative?

The Hospital Partnerships – Partners Strengthen Health initiative funds partnerships between hospitals, universities and non-governmental organisations in Germany and health facilities in partner countries. It was set up in 2016 by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Else Kröner-Fresenius Foundation. It currently offers two funding programmes entitled University and Hospital Partnerships in Africa and Health Partnerships – Global.